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Sisters in Blue/Hermanas de azul

Sor María de Ágreda Comes to New Mexico/ Sor María de Ágreda viene a Nuevo México
By Anna M. NogarEnrique R. Lamadrid
Illustrations by Amy Córdova



Winner of the 2017 Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association
Winner of the 2018 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Juvenile Book

Sisters in Blue
tells the story of two young women—one Spanish, one Puebloan—meeting across space and time. Sor María de Jesús de Ágreda, New Mexico’s famous Lady in Blue, is said to have traveled to New Mexico in the seventeenth century. Here Anna M. Nogar and Enrique R. Lamadrid bring her to life, imagining an encounter between a Pueblo woman and Sor María during the nun’s mystical spiritual journeys. Tales of Sor María, who described traveling across the earth and the heavens, have traditionally presented her as an evangelist who helped bring Catholicism to the Pueblos. Instead this book, which includes an essay providing historical context, shows a connection between Sor María and her friend Paf Sheuri. The two women find more similarities than differences in their shared experiences, and what they learn from each other has an impact for centuries to come.

Contributor Bios
Anna M. Nogar is an associate professor of Spanish at the University of New Mexico. She is the coeditor of A History of Mexican Literature and Colonial Itineraries of Contemporary Mexico: Literary and Cultural Inquiries.
Enrique R. Lamadrid is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Spanish at the University of New Mexico. Winner of numerous teaching and writing awards, he is the author of many books for a wide variety of audiences. His most recent book for young readers is Amadito and the Hero Children / Amadito y los Niños Heroes.
Amy Córdova is an artist, author, educator, and two-time ALA Pura Belpré Honors Award winner for children’s book illustration. She lives in La Cíenega, New Mexico.